This volume examines how the U.S. military must rebuild in the wake of Iraq/Afghanistan, and refocus its power projection to face the new challenges emerging in the Pacific and with China.
Rebuilding American Military Power in the Pacific: A 21st-Century Strategy provides an all-encompassing look at the challenges facing the United States in shaping a 21st-century Pacific strategy: dealing with the growing Chinese colossus, the unpredictable nuclear challenge presented by North Korea, the dynamic of the Arctic opening, and maintaining the security of the conveyor belt of goods and services in the Pacific. Can the United States successfully train and prepare for the 21st century, and break free from the mindset that determined its strategies in the previous century? The authors of the work explain why a carefully considered, fully modernized Pacific strategy is a key element for the evolution of American military power—and why shaping an effective air and maritime strategy in the Pacific as well as globally is the crucial challenge facing the U.S. military and the policy community. Written by authors with significant access to the media, think tanks, and high-level politicians, the book provides an insider's look at how American military leaders are building out relevant capabilities in the Pacific to defend America and its allies, and it contains extensive interviews with those leaders.
- Examines the nature of the destabilizing threat that China presents to the power balance of the Pacific, along with how the United States can work with its allies to shape a 21st-century strategy
- Discusses in detail the necessity for reshaping the U.S. military after the land wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the ways in which American forces can be rebuilt for the future
- Explains why the evolving Pacific theater is an area of critical operations and will require significant change in terms of how U.S. forces operate to deal with emerging threats
- Assesses how new capabilities associated with emerging technologies—notably the Osprey, the F-35 aircraft, the Aegis Combat Systems, and a number of new European systems—allow new opportunities to work with our allies
About the Author
Robbin F. Laird is cofounder of Second Line of Defense and a long-time analyst of global defense issues, and has worked in the U.S. government and with several think tanks, including the Center for Naval Analysis and the Institute for Defense Analysis.
The Honorable Edward Timperlake is coauthor of Year of the Rat: How Bill Clinton and Al Gore Compromised U.S. Security for Chinese Cash, a New York Times bestseller on Chinese influence in American politics. He is currently editor of the Second Line of Defense Forum.
Richard Weitz, PhD, is senior fellow and director of the Center for Political-Military Analysis at Hudson Institute. He is the author of Praeger's War and Governance: International Security in a Changing World Order and Global Security Watch—Russia: A Reference Handbook.
Table of Contents
Part I The Strategic Context 7
Chapter 1 The Pacific Landscape for Operations 11
Chapter 2 The Chinese Factor in Reshaping Pacific Strategy 22
Chapter 3 The Chinese Military Evolves along with the Economy 35
Chapter 4 The Challenge of a Nuclear North Korea 49
Chapter 5 Stakeholders in Dealing with the North Koreans 69
Chapter 6 The Arctic Opening: Its Strategic Impact 85
Chapter 7 Protecting the Conveyer Belt and Preparing for SLOC Defense: A Key Foundation for a 21st-century Strategy 106
Part II The Remaking of U.S. and Allied Strategy: The Case of Japan 121
Chapter 8 The Pivot to the Pacific 123
Chapter 9 Japanese Defense and Foreign Policy in Transition 144
Chapter 10 The Geopolitics of Japan's Drive for "Dynamic Defense" 173
Part III Shaping a New Approach 205
Chapter 11 Key Building Blocks for Shaping a Scalable Force for 21st-Century Missions 211
Chapter 12 Living the Transition: The USMC as the Spearhead of Change 226
Chapter 13 The F-35 and Pacific Strategy: Shaping a Core Lynchpin 249
Chapter 14 The Weapons Revolution 272
Chapter 15 Preparing for a Cultural Revolution 289
Chapter 16 Reshaping the Force 316
Chapter 17 Evolving 21st-century Capabilities 336
Chapter 18 The Way Ahead 358